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Weekly Member Update - March 28, 2014


Volunteer Note

One Question - ASSH/AHSS Combined Meeting

AmazonSmile to Donate Extra $5 on Purchases Through 3/31

Education Director Applications Due Monday

2 Weeks Left to Apply for Research Grants or Weiland Award

International Guest Hand Society E-Poster Abstracts Deadline Extended

Fracture Coding Webinar Recording Now Available for Purchase

Online Consultation Corner Webinar: Failed Carpal Tunnel Release

ACGME, AOA, AACOM Commit to a Single GME Accreditation System

March Correspondence News Now Available

Chase Library Artifact of the Month: A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy

Thank You to AFSH Donors


Volunteer Note

kecchung-borderKevin C. Chung, MD, MS
Chair, International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee (IRC) is excited to announce we received more than 100 requests from those interested in applying to become a 2014 ASSH International Member!  As international interest continues to increase, the IRC will explore new ways to welcome and embrace our international colleagues to increase the exchange of knowledge, camaraderie, and learning across the hand and upper limb community.

One of the ways we are doing this is by launching the International Visiting Professorship Program.  In our inaugural year, we have selected two premier educators, Terry R. Light, MD and Marwan A. Wehbe, MD to represent the ASSH in 2014.  Each will create a custom-made, educational itinerary where they will lecture, consult, complete patient evaluations, and even perform surgery, where country relations allow.  Dr. Light will be visiting India and Bangladesh and Dr. Wehbe will participate in a mission to Ecuador and one other site in Central/South America.  We have selected developing areas where our professors will be able to make the most impact.  These weeklong missions are supported by a generous travel grant by the ASSH and through the support of our Host Countries.  We look forward to reporting back on our Visiting Professors' experiences later this year.  A big thank you to Nash H. Naam, MD for leading up this effort.  Read more.


One Question - ASSH/AHSS Combined Meeting

How likely are you to attend a combined ASSH and Australian Hand Surgery Society meeting over March 16-20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia?  Note, the AAOS Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 1-5, 2016 in Orlando, FL and the IFSSH & IFSHT Congress is scheduled for October 24-28, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina of the same year.

Submit your response.


AmazonSmile to Donate Extra $5 on Purchases Through 3/31

amazon-smileShopping this weekend on Amazon?  Make the Hand Foundation your preferred charity on AmazonSmile!  From now through 3/31/2014, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an extra $5 for each customer who makes an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com in support of American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.  This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price.  Get started here.


Education Director Applications Due Monday

The Education Division Director application deadline is fast approaching!  You have five days to gather your materials and submit your application for a chance to join ASSH leadership.  Deadline to apply is March 31.

The Education Division Director position lasts three years and manages more than 20 committees.  He or she will oversee the following:

  • Residents and Fellows Conference
  • Annual Meeting
  • Courses and Meetings
  • Journal of Hand Surgery
  • Self-Assessment Examination
  • ASSH website
  • ASSH publications
  • Etc.

For more information on the qualifications, time commitments, and responsibilities of this position, visit the Council application webpage.


2 Weeks Left to Apply for Research Grants or Weiland Award

The application deadline for Basic Science and Clinical Grants is Monday, April 7.  Grants are awarded up to $20,000 over one or two years.  This year we are also offering a grant on peripheral nerve repair.  Find more information, including a grant application FAQ, on our website.

The application deadline for the Andrew J. Weiland Medal is also Monday, April 7.  The medal is awarded annually to a mid-career researcher dedicated to advancing patient care in the field of hand surgery. Starting this year, the eligibility criteria has changed.  Applicants can be under 60 years old or a surgeon who is less than 20 years from hand fellowship training.


International Guest Hand Society E-Poster Abstracts Deadline Extended

BSSH_Brazil_logoThe ASSH E-Poster Abstract Submission Site for the 2014 International Guest Hand Society (IGHS), the Brazil Society for Hand Surgery (Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia de Mão) will now close on Friday, April 11, 2014.  We encourage all hand specialists from Brazil to take advantage of this special opportunity to have your important research work featured at the 2014 ASSH Annual Meeting.  Review the International Guest Society Call for E-Poster Abstracts for important information and submit your proposals online through March 31, 2014. 


Fracture Coding Webinar Recording Now Available for Purchase

Coding and reimbursement expert Mary LeGrand presents on the complications of ICD-10 fracture coding with this hour-long session.  Read the full description of this webinar. Purchase the entire session for $75 using the following instructions:

  1. Go to www.assh.org and login
  2. Click on "Member Center"
  3. Click on "e-Learning Portal"
  4. See ICD-10 Part II: Fractures in the Featured Items box on your e-Learning Portal homepage

With questions, contact ASSH staff member Olivia Moran at omoran@assh.org.


Online Consultation Corner Webinar: Failed Carpal Tunnel Release

April 21 at 9:00 PM Eastern
Member Benefit

Webinar_ETHave you released a carpal tunnel and the patient is still experiencing symptoms?  Have patients come to you because of a failed carpal tunnel release that was done elsewhere?  Our next Online Consultation Corner Webinar: Failed Carpal Tunnel Release, brings an expert panel together to discuss the workup and treatment of these patients. 

The discussion will include:

  • consideration of alternate diagnoses
  • the role of imaging and other diagnostic tests
  • treatment options

This is a complimentary member benefit, so register now and submit your case for our panelists to review and discuss live at the webinar.


ACGME, AOA, AACOM Commit to a Single GME Accreditation System

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S.  After months of discussion, the allopathic and osteopathic medical communities have committed to work together to prepare future generations of physicians with the highest quality GME, ultimately helping to ensure the quality and safety of health care delivery.

The single accreditation system will allow graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME - accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies.  Currently, the ACGME and AOA maintain separate accreditation systems for allopathic and osteopathic educational programs.  Read more.


March Correspondence News Now Available

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Correspondence News is now available on Hand-e.  Log-in to http://hand-e.assh.org with your ASSH username and password to access this month's articles from:

  • Robert M. Szabo, MD, MPH
  • Michel Merle, MD and Jacques Borrelly, MD

Please let us know what you think of Correspondence News on Hand-e by sending feedback to feedback@assh.org.


Chase Library Artifact of the Month: A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy

Stereoscopic_borderAmong the more novel items in the Chase Library collection is A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy by Robert Chase, MD.  This set of a book, image reels, and viewer is a history of and tribute to David L. Bassett, MD, William Gruber, and their multi-volume work of the same title.  Dr. Bassett conducted research and instruction at Stanford University among other institutions.  He was well regarded for his research, dissection abilities, and effectiveness as an educator.  Gruber had a lifelong passion for photography and invented the Viewmaster system with a desire to see it used for educational purposes.  He used his inventions to document several scientific and historic developments of the mid-20th century in three dimensions.  The two collaborated on their atlas from 1948 to 1962.

Visit the Chase Library website to learn more.


Thank You to AFSH Donors

Heidi Taylor Bloom, MD
AFSH25_logo1_finalLeslie P. Dean, MD
Mark A. Deitch, MD
David H. Hildreth, MD
Jesse B. Jupiter, MD
Laura Kaiser, PA-C
Suheil M. Khuri, MD
Paul F. Nassab, MD
Mukund R. Patel, MD
John P. Schilling, MD
Jay S. Talsania, MD
Bruce S. Wolock, MD
Michael B. Wood, MD

In 2013, AFSH received donations from 537 donors.  ASSH has over 3,500 members.  Which group are you in?  Visit www.afsh.org/donate now to support the Foundation that supports the future of our specialty.

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